Australia’s first 100 per cent electric bus depot is now open in Gold Coast, with the Queensland Government announcing that 30 new electric buses will hit the road in May.
The depot in Currumbin will eventually be home to 14 electric buses, some of which will service the 777-route connecting the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta with the city.
It will be powered completely by renewable energy including a 56kW solar panel array, which will be supplemented by renewable energy.
The depot will be fitted with Siemens charging infrastructure, including five Sicharge UC200 charging units.
Kinetic-owned Sunbus will introduce five new buses each on the Sunshine Coast and Cairns from early May and June respectively.
Surfside Buslines will launch 10 new electric buses on the Gold Coast from late June.
Gold Coast bus manufacturer BusTech is continuing the build of 10 electric buses for Clarks Logan City, which are due to commence services in Logan in June.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the depot builds on the Queensland Government’s recently released Zero Emissions Vehicle strategy.
“We’ve made a commitment that every new bus in South East Queensland would be zero emission from 2025, so to see it happening now is a fantastic achievement,” Bailey said.
Sixteen new Hornibrook Bus Lines electric buses, as well as two bioethanol-fuelled buses are also scheduled to arrive on the network later this year.
Gold Coast based Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said she was excited to see her city become home to Australia’s first all-electric bus depot.
“Our research shows each electric bus could save as much as 1000 tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifespan and deliver many community benefits with less noise and harmful air pollution,” Scanlon said.
Kinetic Co-CEO Adam Begg said Kinetic was excited to partner with Translink to make bus travel greener and cleaner.
“This year alone we’ll be introducing 20 zero emission buses to Queensland roads across Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast,” Begg said.
Clarks Logan City Director Reg Clark said he was looking forward to adding the electric buses to the business’ fleet.
“The opportunities this project is providing, not just from a new technology perspective but also the new skill sets we will be embracing, is beyond exciting and will further embed Logan as a community of choice,” Clark said.
The Queensland Government has made a commitment for every new bus in South East Queensland to be zero emission from 2025.
To view the Queensland Government’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy, click here.